The Only Bag That Isn’t Lost And Also A Giveaway.
Hello from Sant’ Agata sui Due Golfi, a tiny town in the Campania region of Italy that translates to “Saint Agatha between two golfs.” Basically, we’re nestled on a mountainous spit of land near the Amalfi coast, perched between the Gulf of Naples and the Gulf of Salerno.
Sant’ Agata sui Due Golfi
Our hotel is stunning, and our cooking classes with The International Kitchen have been informative and exhausting. (In a totally good way.) The only stressful kink in our experience has been Lufthansa’s negligent loss of our luggage and lack of any information on its whereabouts or reliable way to reach them. Word on the street is there might be a strike, but you can imagine how frustrating it is to spend $1,300 on a plane ticket with no liability for your belongings or explanation of where they might be.
The only thing that has worked out so far, luggage-wise, are some of the goodies Travelon sent me to share with you. (Literally. If you’re signed up to receive my email newsletter, you’ll already know there’s a giveaway!)
It all started when I needed a travel-safe way to organize my purse. While Travelon makes travel purses, I’m kind of partial to my consigned leather messenger bag, and when I realized they make inserts with technology to block thieves from scanning my credit cards, I was sold.
They sent me the medium-sized SafeID Purse Organizer, which tucks perfectly inside my bag.
It has enough interior and exterior pockets for credit cards, makeup, cell phone, etc. that I don’t even need to carry my wallet, though there isn’t a great place to stow cash.
It even comes with a nifty little flashlight so you can look for items I might need deep down in the forgotten innards of my bag — like old, worn eyeliner pencils and fortune cookie tags.
I actually love the level of organization this adds to my purse, and will continue to use it even when I’m not traveling.
Suggestions for improvement: I’d love to see an interior slot for cash, and a zipper along the top would be ideal for added security — especially since my purse does not zip closed.
Another interesting organizer they sent was this Jewelry Clutch:
Unfortunately, mine is missing along with my baggage, but I love the fact that it has dual functionality — the outer “wrap” works great for jewelry, while the inner zippered pouch, which happens to be magnetic, is fantastic for cosmetics or hair wrangling devices.
I really hope I get that jewelry back.
And I don’t know if you’ve heard, but these little gadgets called “packing cubes” are all the rage these days amongst highly organized traveling types.
The breathable mesh bags allow you to roll your garments individually and stuff them inside, effectively compressing all of your garments into tiny burritos and taking them from this:
I’m not sure I like the lack of accessibility once the clothes are stuffed inside, but they really do leave a lot of room. I think these would be fantastic if you’re planning to stay in one place and don’t have to continue to unpack and repack them.
Since their functionality is kind of hard to explain, I went ahead and made you a little video of my packing method and dorkishness in all its glory:
The cubes, clutch, and especially the insert (since — you know — it’s not lost in Lufthansa Land) are nice little travel helpers, but the thing I’m most excited to show you is THIS:
It’s Travelon’s 15″ Wheeled Carry-on, which actually fits under the airplane seat in front of you.
It has loads of pockets for storing assorted odds-and-ends, and the interior is crazy roomy for such a portable bag:
It took us three different planes to get here — from a tiny one we could barely stand in to a giant beast that took us across the Atlantic, and this bag fit beneath every seat. Of course, I didn’t want it under there on the long flight, and it was incredibly easy to maneuver and lift into the overhead compartment. There’s a strap on the back to help it slide easily over the handle of other rolling bags, which Justin was kind enough to model for your viewing pleasure:
And if you’re into slightly neurotic chicks who don’t like brushing their hair, I’ve got a little sumpin’ sumpin’ for you, too:
I’m so excited about this carry-on that I made a little video about it, too:
Suggestions for improvement: I really love the concept of this bag, and a couple of small tweaks would put it over-the-top on my list of travel “must-haves”:
- Interior zippered pouch for laptop.
- Back exterior pouch for magazines.
- Possibly some interior side pouches, because only relatively flat items can be properly stored in the front flap compartments and still allow the bag to close properly.
- Four spinning wheels as opposed to two fixed wheels.
That said, this bag has been a lifesaver on an otherwise bag-less journey.
My posts might be light for the next couple of weeks due to general baggage stress and the fact that I’m busy eating all of the food in Italy, but to make it up to you, Travelon is giving away a set of packing cubes, jewelry clutch, and purse organizer to one lucky winner, and they’re also giving away one 15″ wheeled carry-on to another lucky winner!
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In the meantime, follow along on our week-long culinary tour on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter using the #WOWamalfi hashtag, and the rest of my trip using #iateitaly.
Disclosure: This giveaway was provided by Travelon. Rest assured that all opinions, as always, are entirely my own.
I used to be a heavy packer since we road tripped most of the time. I have slowly transformed myself into a moderate packer. I envy those that can toss their perfectly coordinated outfits for 2 weeks into carry on but alas I will likely never be that person.
I tried to be that person this time, but ended up being the person with one pair of underwear. It’s a pain, but I’m surviving. ;)
I am most definitely a heavy packer!!! You never know what you may need. Although I guess when your luggage is lost it doesn’t matter. I hope you’re having a fantastic time in spite of it all!!!
I am still having a fantastic time!! And I think this experience will help me become a lighter packer in the future. But for now, I’d REALLY love a few more clothes. :)
I too aspire to be the person who can whip out everything out of her carry on, but it hasn’t happened yet. I do feel liberated when I travel with just a carry on! How exciting is your trip? Jealous
NEXT time I might try for just a carry-on. Especially since I’m headed for Day 5 without my luggage. ;)
Ok first, I’m so jealous of your trip! I’m living vicariously through you while I whittle away here at work.
Second, I LOVE your boots in your luggage modeling picture! Where might a gal find them?
Third, I always go through about three rounds of packing, especially for long/overseas trips! I throw everything I might think I could ever need or wear on the bed, then go through a couple elimination rounds until I have something that won’t push the overweight bag limits at the airport! And I’ve been through lost luggage on an international trip too…it is such a pain! However, you are having the trip of a lifetime in one of the most beautiful places in the world. It sounds like me that its just an excuse to go shopping in Italy!
Have fun and travel safe!
Thanks!! The boots are Aerosoles “Wonderling.” I ordered them on Famousfoodwear.com several weeks ago for around $50-60?? but it looks like the price has shot up a bit since then, so search for a deal! I’m loving them so far, though I’ll probably get some gel pads to put in the bottom because they’re not the softest support-wise.
And yes. At almost Day 5 with no luggage, it might be time to buy some Italian fineries. ;)
that carryon looks great.
It is! Loving it so far.
So sorry about your luggage (especially if you had planned out cute things to wear on your special trip)! I think it’s a good excuse to shop a little ;)
The packing cubes are lifesavers if you’re traveling out of a backpack. They make life waaaay easier. I hope you’ll get to experience them for yourself.
There’s definitely worse things that could happen. :) Got the bags, but ironically 2 of my packing cubes are missing! Apparently TSA loves them too.
I have been feeling for you the whole time about your luggage… ALL the outfits in outfit limbo. Gah.
As for packing… I’ve gravitated to lighter packing with the sole purpose of filling up on lots of shopping – local stuff I can wear while I’m on the road and gifts for friends/family. I’ve also had to resort to shipping stuff home too.
And my suitcase zipper busted on my way to Seattle last month soooo I’m actually in the market for new luggage, although is this open only to Americans? Please say no. Haha.
America AND Canada!! And your first sentence completely cracked me up. :)
I am ABSOLUTELY getting that RFID blocker, I am very particular about finding the right organizers and have been looking for one of those and that is the perfect size. I have been using packing pods for about 13 years, as longs as I have been with the hubby, he brought the system to the couplehood. At first I thought he was crazy, but they really work GREAT!
Awesome! I’m getting the most use out of the purse organizer (and the carry-on) by far. And in fact, 2 of my packing cubes were “stolen” by TSA or Lufthansa or someone. I’m not ready to talk about it yet. Ha! And even though I don’t wear much jewelry, it’s kind of nice having it in that flat organizer so it doesn’t get all tangled in the ziplock baggie I normally shove it all in.
For the most part, how we pack depends on whether we’re traveling or moving. We’re slow / nomadic travelers, so plane flights aren’t a frequent occurrence for us… That said, it’s often a struggle to find what you’re looking for when you’re looking for it – one reason those packing cubes might come in handy…
Lufthansa lost my luggage for 5 days and I thought they stole my packing cubes. When my friend got home, however, she found them in the bottom of her bag. Ha! I think they’d work really really well for backpackers!
Hey that looks like a really great little carryon. I personally always put my bag under the seat versus in the upper storage because I’m petite so this looks like a really great option. I’ve been travelling with a backpack but really do need an option with wheels. I also love the idea of that purse insert – awesome concept.!
I’m seriously loving this carry-on. I can’t wait to have it as my ONLY bag for shorter trips! And I think I’ve decided that the purse organizer will stay in there indefinitely. :)
No more heavy packing for me either! I like my bag under my seat for a place to rest my feet and to have easy access!
This bag is PERFECT for that! Seriously. I did put it in the overhead for the long flight because I like to stretch my legs, but it was great for under-seat stowing on the short flights.
I am typically a light weight packer since I have no upper body strength haha
Yeah… I’m quickly realizing I might need to adopt the same philosophy. After 3 trains and a bus the other day, my biceps are KILLING me!
Totally depends on the trip. In the summer, I tend to pack very light and “recycle” my outfits. I usually end up packing heavy for work trips; all those business attire outfits take up a lot of space! Fall and winter trips usually involve a couple pairs of boots, and those take up a lot of space. Not to mention sweaters.
I take most of my trips through your blog. ;-) If I do go anywhere, I’m generally low maintenance, but always want to have options (“What if I don’t feel like wearing that that day?”), so definitely take more than I need.
Yeah… I ceaselessly fall into that trap! Though the airline losing my luggage taught me I “need” a lot less than I thought. :)
Actually, I’m sort of in the middle. Sometimes lighter than others, sometimes too much!
I’m a fairly heavy packer but I make a huge effort to not over pack!
Ummm medium??? You’re so cute in that pic! :)
I’m such a heavy traveler despite telling myself (every single time ) that “this” time I will travel light. I always feel that I need to take everything I own, because you know what if I get there and need it. Most of the time I pack to come home having not touches half of the things. I can’t wait to read more about your trip when you return. Safe travels,
Light packer for most trips. Heavy packer for road trips – because I can take everything!
Ha! It’s super easy to get carried away on road trips — I’m exactly the same.
I am SO sick of dumping my whole bag out, every time I’m looking for something that is inevitably buried in the bottom. I NEED those packing cubes! (I’m sure I’d find a way to make those a mess as well, but keep my messes organized at the very least.)
Exactly. The Packing cubes contain little messes within the big mess. I admittedly gave up using them on my trip, but then I’m still a fan of the one giant roll of clothes. (Bonus? It fits a wine bottle snugly in the center.) But I did love using one of the cubes for my dirty laundry.
I try to be a light packer, but don’t want to forget something I know I’ll need!
Know what helped me through that same thought process? Realizing I could buy it there if I forget! :)
Saw the pics from your trip such a beautiful place. I need to learn how to travel light lol when i do i pack for months: p :p
Well no one can say you’re not prepared. :) Ha!